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post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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How to clean aftermarket wind screens?

My v strom has a givi wind screen on it, which works great, but it gets covered with bug guts from the trips back and forth to work. Im scared to scratch the plastic, but id also like to not spend 30 minutes with plastic polish every time i clean the wind screen. What do you guys use to clean your wind screens, or will almost anything work with few ill-effects to the plastic? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 04:48 AM
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A "standard brand" product exists for this purpose; "Plexus,' a sort of neo-white paste type of compound . . . bought mine at a Harley dealership; I'm sure they can fix you up!

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-04-2012, 06:15 AM
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Plexus works great, but at a price$!
Honda Polish also works well for much less money.
You can also take a rag soaked in warm water and just leave it sit on the plastic for a few minutes.
A hydrogen peroxide and water mix will also do a nice job cleaning the bugs right off.
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This is my method for my Goldwing.

Soak micro fiber cloth in warm water and let sit on windshield. After bugs are soft wash with micro fiber wash mitt and then dry and polish with clean micro fiber cloth.

The polish I use is 210 Cleaner & Polish. This is an aircraft grade polish recommended to me by a helicopter pilot. Google 210 polish and you'll find places to buy it.

Plexus is alright but it's pricey.

I would be reluctant to use any chemical on the plastic. Various plastics react differently. You may get it clean but you may remove a coating or create a haze. Ask how I know.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-14-2012, 08:22 PM
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Flush with water and get a wet microfiber cloth to get the bodies off, I keep a damp one in a zip top bag in my jacket as it is handy for the visor as well.

The important thing is to use long forward and aft strokes when cleaning or polishing. You will put really fine scratches in the plastic, that's how the polish works, but if they all go in 1 direction they are much less noticeable to the eye. It's the swirl marks stand out like dogs balls.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-15-2012, 06:25 AM
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Same as klr4ever - except I use a synthetic "chamois" - soak it in hot water, no additives, flop it on the bug splats. Leave it for 5 or 10 mins, wash off without scrubbing too hard with more clean hot water. No need to sand through the windshield they are only bugs after all... I follow up with some Plexus using a microfiber cloth as per instructions
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